NASA is reportedly investigating the first ever report of a crime in space, relating to the divorce of an astronaut and her wife.
Astronaut Anne McClain, a decorated NASA crewmember on a six-month mission, admitted to accessing the bank account of her estranged spouse while aboard the station. A family member also filed a complaint with Nasa's internal office of inspector general and has accused McClain of identity theft and improper access to Worden's private financial records, according to the newspaper. Later the same year, McClain reportedly accused Worden of assault.
The astronaut has refuted claims of any wrongdoing, saying she was just looking at aspects of the couple's finances, which are still connected, and that she had often looked at the account details with Worden's knowledge in the past.
McClain told The New York Times through a lawyer that she accessed the account as she had been doing throughout the couple's relationship - to ensure the couple's finances were still in check.
First case of space crime?
NASA officials told the Times that they did not know of any crimes that had been committed on the ISS.
Ms McClain and Ms Worden, who is an Air Force intelligence officer, married in 2014 however four years later Worden filed for divorce. Worden filed an identity theft complaint with the FTC against McClain...
Worden's suspicions were raised when she noticed that her bank account was accessed without her permission from a NASA-affiliated computer network.
"She strenuously denies that she did anything improper", said her lawyer, Rusty Hardin, who said the astronaut "is totally cooperating".
Investigators from the NASA watchdog office have been in touch with both women to address the accusations, the Times reported.
McClain, in an under-oath interview with NASA's inspector classic, said she accessed the checking account from dwelling to fabricate sure Worden had ample money to pay the bills as she consistently has, the utilization of a password she's had for a whereas.
Ms McClain graduated from the prestigious West Point military academy and flew more than 800 combat hours over Iraq as an Army pilot.
She was about to take part in the first all-female spacewalk however, her role was cancelled at the last minute over what NASA said was a "problem with the availability of correct suit sizes".